Hamlin Released from Hospital

Denny Hamlin is placed on a stretcher after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' AMP Energy 500 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Greg McWilliams)

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin has been released from a hospital a day after a hard crash at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin was kept overnight for observation after his car slammed into a retaining wall. He was alert and awake when he was transported to the UAB Medical Center yesterday, but was complaining of a headache and possibly had a concussion. He was also favoring his right foot after a slow exit from his crumpled car.

Hamlin is one of 12 drivers racing for the Sprint Cup title. He was leading midway through the race when his right front tire failed and his Toyota shot into the outside wall. He said nothing over his in-car radio after the hit and took several moments to get out of the car.

Hamlin finished 39th in the race and fell to 12th in the Chase standings.